Learning, Online - Reflections on teaching history

About Eric Beckman


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Eric Beckman, Educator

I have taught history to high school students since 1990, first in California and now in Minnesota.  My current professional interests are educational equity, teaching and assessing historical thinking, and blended.  Online teaching interests me as a means to build more constructivist and student-centered curricula.  I wrote and taught  Politics and Law online (log-in as guest) in 2012-13.  Several of the earliest blog entries involve that course.  Since then, history courses have comprised my teach load. My practice blends face-to-face instruction with online elements using Moodle, especially in AP World History (login as guest).  In all of my history classes I use history labs to allow students to uncover history.  Although I have taught many US and AP European History classes during my career, in the 2017-18 school my schedule is all World History, both on level and Advanced Placement.  My goals for this year are to continue to globalize the World History curriculum and to incorporate more student construction of historical knowledge.

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